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Course overview

  • Study at one of the UK's leading History departments, offering unparalleled choice.
  • Learn through pioneering teaching informed by the latest, cutting-edge research.
  • Benefit from access to extensive and excellent material research resources.
  • Study in Manchester, a living history book - from Peterloo and the anti-slavery movement, to Roman forts and medieval monuments.

Open days

Find out what it's like to study at Manchester by visiting us on one of our taught master's open days .


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MA (full-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500 
  • International students (per annum): £18,500
  • MA (part-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £4,750

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.


Each year the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures offer a number of  School awards  and  Subject-specific bursaries  (the values of which are usually set at Home/EU fees level), open to both Home/EU and international students. The deadline for these is early February each year. Details of all funding opportunities, including deadlines, eligibility and how to apply, can be found on the  School's funding page  where you can also find details of the Government Postgraduate Loan Scheme.

See also  the University's postgraduate funding database  to see if you are eligible for any other funding opportunities.

Entry requirements

English language

An overall grade of 7.0 (with a minimum writing score of 7) in IELTS is required or 100+ in the TOEFL iBT with a minimum writing score of 25.

If you have obtained a different qualification, please check our  English language requirements  to ensure that it is accepted and equivalent to the above requirements.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country .

Application and selection

How to apply

Please refer to the following School page regarding subject-specific requirements. These are in addition to the basic prerequisites as shown under entry requirements:

For references, please email the following link to your referees:

References for master's applications

They will submit your references directly to us and we will add them to your application.

Please use the  Online Application Form   to apply. Once you register, you can search for the course to which you wish to apply and upload the required supporting documents towards the end of this process.

Advice to applicants

Please note that this course teaches during business hours and does not offer distance learning.

The part-time mode of attendance aims to concentrate contact time onto two days.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries that equate to a UK 2.1. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country .

If English is not your first language, please provide us with evidence of: 

  • an overall grade 7.0 (with a minimum writing score of 7) in IELTS; or
  • 100+ in the IBT Internet-based TOEFL).

The other language tests we accept can be found here:

Portfolio requirements

The specific details can be found here .

Teaching and learning

Our course units are interactive, and the small seminar is the rule.

The History department pioneered the way that History is taught in England - introducing the undergraduate dissertation and leading the development of economic history.

We continue to endeavour to introduce cutting-edge strategies to promote excellence in teaching, feedback and student experience.

Coursework and assessment

The MA History course comprises 180 credits made up of:

  • advanced coursework: 90 credits
  • research training: 30 credits
  • dissertation: 60 credits.

Taught course units are generally assessed by a 6,000-word essay per 30-credit unit (this will vary for the quantitative and qualitative research methods units).

You will research and write your dissertation from spring through to August. Supervision is offered at least until July.

The degree is awarded at Pass, Merit, and Distinction levels.

Course unit details

You will choose one of six core units:

  • The History of Capital
  • Medieval and Early Modern Studies
  • Modern Britain
  • Race, Migration & Humanitarianism
  • Transnational/Comparative History
  • War, Culture and Conflict.

You will also choose four optional units. Options in History are organised chronologically and geographically, but also include innovative thematic units, for example on gender and sexuality, that transcend orthodox boundaries.

The Public History unit and the work placement offer a vocational pathway through the course by promoting transferable skills and focusing on the significance of history in heritage, social policy, third sector work and the media.

You will also receive skills training to equip you to pursue the MA dissertation, a major piece of original research. The Board of Examiners has commended the exceptional quality of research, highlighting dissertations that were 'publishable'.

Scholarships and bursaries

Students applying for this MA are eligible to apply for AHRC and ESRC funding. Find out more on theFees and funding page.

Career opportunities

The high standard of arts research training, both formal and practical, opens doors to many kinds of modern public and private sector graduate careers requiring research skills, formulation of projects and policy documents.

Our work placement scheme provides the opportunity to gain valuable work experience and learn about history in practice in one of our partner institutions in the Manchester area. Examples include the People's History Museum, Whitworth Art Gallery and the National Football Museum.

Visit the MA History page on the University of Manchester website for more details!




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